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1980 Yamaha SA2000S Vintage Semi-Hollowbody ES-Style Guitar w/ Carved Spruce Top, Case


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Up for sale, a 1980 Yamaha SA2000S in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. One of the best examples of Japanese craftsmanship put to the task of improving upon American design, the SA2000S uses Gibson's upscale thinline ES models as a template. A premium iteration of the SA2000 platform, the S suffix denotes a solid carved spruce top (as opposed to maple/birch laminate on the standard SA2000 model).

The spruce top on the semi-hollow body is paired with a beech back and rims, and the one-piece mahogany neck capped with a bound ebony fretboard for a vital tonewood combination that's full sounding, woody, articulate, and versatile. The ample natural tonal properties translate faithfully through the original humbucker pair, and each pickup also has a dedicated push/pull coil tap on the Tone control for single coil sparkle and spank. This Yamaha weighs 8lbs 6oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register and a fuller, heartier shape as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features split pearl block inlays and original practically perfect medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The hand-carved bone nut that measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Yamaha-branded gold tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the original electronics work as intended, with dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The Tone pots are brand new components, replicating the Push/Pull functionality of the originals, engaging the individual coil taps for each humbucker. On the pickup baseplates, the humbuckers have 55-prefix date stamps signifying the year in Japan's Showa Era, specifically the 55th year of the reign of Emperor Hirohito, which was 1980. The original hardware has plenty of shine with some patina through the gold plating on the pickup covers and bridge hardware. The knobs have been substituted for gold reflector caps that closely match the originals, and the stock elevated two-ply pickguard is intact. The Antique Stain gloss sunburst finish shows just a few small nicks and scuffs on the lower bout on top, light buckle rash on the lower bout on the back, and a few additional faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its flawless gloss finish.
A black tolex hardshell case is included, branded Washburn on the lid.